San Juan Islands | Seattle – Vancouver
August 28 – Sept 4 | $2400
Ever wondered what all the fuss about sailing the Pacific Northwest was? Wonder no more! This was our most popular voyage in 2019 for good reason. We’ll set out from sunny Seattle, WA, at the height of the summer season and explore Washington’s San Juan Islands keeping an eye out for humpback and killer whales along the way. We’ll visit historic Port Townsend and might even pop into Canada’s Gulf Islands for a night before we finish in Vancouver, Canada’s west coast metropolis.
- Cost: $2400
- Date: August 28 – Sept 4, 2020
- Start: Shilshole Marina, Seattle, Washington
- End: Coal Harbor Marina, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Length: 8 days, 7 nights
- Focus: Coastal Cruising | Island Exploration | Marine Mammals
Reserve your spot now with only a $500 deposit! This deposit is non-refundable per our crew contract. However, it is transferable or refundable in the event that we are forced to cancel this voyage due to COVID-19.
I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering it. Its a fantastic way to see some beautiful parts of the world and expand your sailing skills in a truly unique way.
– Fran M.
I had always wanted to sail the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. It was great to join a boat with knowledge of the area and that handled the provisioning, cooking and all the other details of running a boat so that I could just enjoy the sailing and the San Juans.
– Richard J.
Click on a heading below to learn more!Tentative Itinerary
Day 1: Afternoon Arrival on Sea Dragon
You’ll meet us on the dock in Seattle anytime between 1500 and 1700 and come on board to settle in. Everyone will come together for our first dinner as a team. Weather permitting, we’ll have a picnic on the beach and enjoy a spectacular sunset. After dinner, your professional crew will go through life on board and safety procedures in prep for departure the following morning. You’ll be fitted with your own lifejacket and assigned foul weather gear if you haven’t brought your own. We’ll stay the night on the dock.
Day 2: To Port Townsend
After breakfast, we’ll drop lines and head off to our first destination, Port Townsend. Once we’re anchored we’ll head ashore to explore this quaint town, the hub of the northwest’s wooden boat building culture. Overnight on anchor.
Day 3: To the San Juan Islands
After breakfast, we’ll head north towards Lopez Island. This sail offers us some of our best chances at wild-life watching, as we weave through the San Juan Islands to our anchorage, Spencers Spit. Overnight on anchor.
Day 4: Lopez Island Adventure
Today we’ll get to explore Lopez Island and everything it has to offer. From hiking to biking to kayaking, this spot is an outdoor recreational oasis. In the evening we’ll have a lovely campfire on shore and roast some marshmallows over the fire. We’ll spend the night at anchor here once again.
Day 5: To Sucia Island
After a lovely breakfast on the hook, we’ll pick anchor and head to Sucia Island where we can wander the network of hiking trails through the trees, or if you prefer, a picturesque beach to read a book and perhaps have a swim. We’ll spend the night on anchor here, watching the sunset over the trees.
Day 6: To the Gulf Islands
We’ll hop across the border today, a short jump to Bedwell Harbor in the Gulf Islands. Here we’ll check in with Canadian customs before heading ashore to climb Mount Norman or just enjoy a pint at the Poet’s Cove Pub. Overnight on anchor.
Day 7: Transit to Coal Harbor Marina
We’ll have our final sail today up the Strait of Georgia. Keep an eye out for humpback whales before we weave through the shipping in Vancouver’s harbor and under the Lions Gate Bridge arriving in the afternoon. We’ll come alongside and have our final dinner together as a group. Overnight on dock.
Day 8: Departure Day
After a morning breakfast, it will be time to gather things and disembark Sea Dragon by 0900. You’ll be in the perfect spot to explore Vancouver further, especially Stanley Park which is right nearby.
– 7 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Use of inflatable paddle boards
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Seattle and Vancouver
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is a 30-40 minute drive south of Shilshole Marina and is also an easy train journey into the city. Vancouver International (YVR) is about 20 minutes away by car, and very easily accessible by rail.
All crew members will require a passport and visas from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from the USA and Canada. Please note that if you are not a US or Canadian citizen, you will likely need to complete a Canadian ETA prior to traveling. Please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed before joining the vessel. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea, or contact us directly to discuss.
Anna and Maggie met as Skipper and First Mate on a 74ft science expedition yacht, sailing from the UK to Tahiti researching ocean plastic pollution.
Anna, born in 1990 was taught to sail in the Cadet fleet in Poole harbour, UK, by her grandfather at the age of 6. From a competitive dinghy racing background, she became an RYA Yachtmaster instructor and has worked full time in the industry for 14 years; teaching a range of ages in all aspects of watersports.
Alongside her professional sailing career, Anna also gained a BA in Architecture from Brighton University. However, having grown up on a farm in the south-west of England, living and working outdoors, she chose to pursue a passion for the outdoors and adventure.
Anna has worked in most areas of the industry from race Captain on luxury yachts in the Maxi Worlds, to teaching and managing an RYA Training Centre. She has sailed over 75,000nm in the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean. She loves being offshore and has competed in many ocean crossing races with teams of novice crew which she thoroughly enjoys. She first sailed Seadragon in 2017 across the Atlantic and then again across the Pacific in 2018.
Maggie, born in 1992 grew up in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. She started racing sabots from the age of 5, then progressed to pacers and lasers later in her youth. She coached her school sailing team which is where she developed a passion for teaching sailing. Maggie completed a Bachelors degree in Business Public Relations but chose a career offshore with an undying passion for ocean sailing.
Maggie started her career as a teenager, working in her family business which ran adventure sailing charters. Every school break, when she wasn’t competing in dinghy regattas, she spent her time working on a traditional square rigger, classic schooner and ex americas racing cup racing yacht. In 2013 she sailed to Antarctica and rounded Cape horn and fell in love with ocean sailing.
In 2017 Maggie left Australia to travel and continue sailing. She worked in the Mediterranean on a range of luxury yachts between 28 and 92m. She has sailed over 30,000nm all over the world in the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans.
When they are not sailing, they enjoy travelling by land in their yellow camper-van which they converted themselves. They also love to dive and are currently learning to kite-surf.
Anna is an Ocean Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement, an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a PADI Open Water Diver, and holds her STCW endorsed Proficiency in Medical Care at Sea. Maggie is an MCA Master of Yachts < 200 tons, MCA Officer of the Watch to 500 tons, Australian Master Class 5, and holds a certificate in Advanced First Aid & CPR.
Molly was born in England in 2000, but family work took her to the beautiful west coast of Scotland in 2007 where she found my love for the sea and sailing. It’s always been a part of life; grandad lived on a boat in Sussex and her dad bought a boat which we sailed every summer around the Firth of Clyde.
During her time at Academy, she went on school trips to OYT Scotland, sailing on their Challenge 72’s and Oyster Ketch 70. When she left academy she volunteered with them while she was at college studying sound production but found that she would rather spend time at sea than in a studio, so Mo became OYT Scotland’s full time Cadet of 2017-18, getting her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore commercially endorsed and experience working with youth.
2018-19 took her through RYA Cruising Instructor and to sailing on bigger tall ships in Australia (Young Endeavour) and Sweden (Vega Gamleby.) Most recently she was back in Tasmania traveling and sailing on more ships.
Sailing is Molly’s life, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.